As a “punk”, I knew Scott and his stint with Ten foot Pole.When realizing he was also a pitcher for the Dodgers . I thought it was the coolest thing. He went away from the big lights of baseball to continue his journey as a coach through the years. In those years as continued musical career with Pulley , who recently released a record No Change in the Weather on El Jefe’ from NOFX’s label Cyber Tracks. A survivor of cancer, Scott is back in the bigs now as bullpen coach with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is also co-owner of a skatepark in Socal which also houses the Skateboard Hall of Fame. I got in touch with Scott through email and asked him some questions. Check it out below!- Rich Hall
Scott’s Score Rookie Card
1.When you were getting ready to throw your first pitch to Greg Brock of the Brewers,, what did you feel? Nervous? Scared ?
SR:I guess a little bit of both,, certainly excited to get in there but definitely nervous, especially when I got onto the middle of the field and saw all the people and knew , “this is for real!…
2. Favorite team you were on and why ?
SR:Dodgers for sure,, my team growing up as a kid, first stadium I ever went to….
3. Best locker room/travel story ( without incriminating anyone)?
SR:Probably the year I was in a row of lockers where there were only 4 on a wall and it was Carlton Fisk on the left of me who had 2 lockers and Charlie Hough on the right,, I had over 40 years of experience on both sides and I just sat quietly in the middle and listened, and believe me they had some stories to tell……
4. Least favorite batter to face?
SR Luis Polonia…..
5.Who do you see on the Angels staff currently that ” has it “?
SR : Well that is tough,, Trout is the obvious but he doesn’t pitch,, I’m a fan of Cam Bedrosian cause he’s got an incredible arm but is also a very humble and down to earth kid, those are who I seem to pull for…..
6.Biggest asshole teammate?
SR : Rather not say
7.World Baseball Classic, what do you think of it?
SR : It’s exciting to watch,, would probably be better if they could pick a more sensible time of the season to do it though,, at the start when no one is really ready seems stupid but maybe that’s the only time they could fit it in?….
8.What do your baseball peers think about your music career?
SR : Most of them are aware but that’s really all they know about it, some ask questions and I’ll downplay it and say yeah I play in a band,, others who I know are genuinely interested I’ll go a little deeper and give them the true description so they understand what we’re about and all the crazy places we’ve been able to play and visit around the world through music….
9. Why did you get fired from the Indians as pitching coach in 2012?
SR :To be honest I don’t really think the people in charge there at the time really endorsed me in the first place… I was the bullpen coach for two years previous and I think they were fine with me in that role but as soon as I became the pitching coach I could feel a change in support,, almost like they were forced to have me in that role as a default option, there were misunderstandings and as soon as they could find a reason they replaced me,, there were others things that were said but I’ll stay away from venting…
10.Favorite minor league food spot?
SR: Wow, believe it or not there are some really great places in small towns around the country to eat and I’ve been to a lot,, to say there is a favorite might be leaving out too many others.
Scott performing w/ Pulley at Grozerock photo by Achim Rascka
Music / Skateboarding Questions
SR: Punk gig.Fear
2.First punk show, who did you go with?
SR:Went with some guys I went to school with, one of their moms dropped us off,, fuck that was a long time ago….
3.Favorite tour story?
SR : Way too many good times on tour…
4.My friend Ron said he was at a Mariners game once yelling Scared Straight lyrics at you, remember that? Get that a lot ?
SR : I don’t remember but it has happened a few times over the years….
5.Pulley released an LP out El Jefe’ from NOFXs label this past November, Was it odd coming back after a five year intermission?
SR: Odd would be if we had stopped playing but we have always been an active band and never really shut it down other than the normal breaks we take during the season,, it felt great getting new music out and we are proud of that……
6.Any more touring plans after the baseball is done this year?
SR: Tour? Well that would depend on describing that? Short runs of gigs are something we have always been able to do,, I don’t think with all our current home life responsibilities we will ever go out for months again and leave jobs behind it’s just too tough these days…
7.Favorite band you toured with , least favorite?
SR: We did a short week run with Propaghandi once and that was really cool, it was up in Canada and I remember being blown away at how talented only three guys could sound live. Least favorite are the bands that live a fantasy world and can’t stop talking about who’s doing what and when they ‘re touring and how many people were there etc…. I just can’t take that seriously if there is not one of the 3 bands that are out there who are really making a living at it,, there are a lot of guys doing what they love to do but their perception of reality is a little off when they talk.
8.Out of the 5000 skateboard decks that hang on the walls, which one is your favorite?
SR: The few that are my personals that I actually rode when I was a kid……
9.One trick you still know how to do without hurting yourself?
SR: I never hurt myself anymore for many reasons, usually because I’m not going fast enough and I can run out of a crash and most of all I never try anything anymore I can’t do, I guess I’m a protected skater now from myself…..
SR: Prob Alva,, the attitude and the fact that he’s still doing it to this day and a part of the whole scene
If you want to catch Scott this year, head over to the Angels’ bullpen and yell some Scared Straight lyrics at him.